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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast October 9, 2023


The Purdue Extension Martin County weekly column is provided to help all learn

about programs & opportunities. We highlight events from Purdue University & Extension

where we hope you will choose to be part of Extension…..  where there is Opportunity4All! 




4-H is open to all youth in grades 3 to grade 12 ($20 enrollment fee)  and Mini 4-H is open to grades Kindergarten through 2nd (no enrollment fee.) 


Here is the great opportunity:  Enroll from October 1st to October 20th and the $20 enrollment fee is paid by the Martin County 4-H Council.


How to enroll?  enroll at starting October 1st.  The 4-H Program year runs from October 1st to September 30th annually.  Enroll early to take advantage of all the projects, trips, and experiences Indiana 4-H offers!


calling all 4-H members:  become an Indiana Broadband Influencer

Do you want to help bring broadband to every person in Indiana?


Indiana will be receiving an $870 million dollars to bring broadband to areas where connectivity is low or non-existent. The FCC will use the map to determine what areas will be prioritized. Our job is to make sure that the map is correct.  


Will you help correct that important map?  If you choose to report your help, you will receive a broadband influencer pin and enter your essay in the contest to win an iPad. 

Go to enter your address and answer the questions. It is a good idea to take a screenshot of your results, especially if you are unserved.


Then verify your address at  If it is incorrect, or if the information about your speed is incorrect, please submit a challenge. If you do need to issue a challenge, it helps to have multiple screenshots of speed tests over time to upload. 


Next, write one paragraph explaining why ensuring that everyone in your community has broadband internet will help your community and make it a better place to live. 


Once you have done these three things, go to 4-H Online and register for the Indiana Broadband Influencer event. You will find instructions attached. Then, just wait for your pin. They will be sent after the first of the year, so make sure you do this early.  



You now have an option to text with Extension staff.  Text 812-653-2089 to reach Purdue Extension Martin County.


All are invited to send a text with your name and in return a full detailed contact card will be texted back for you to save in your device contacts. The contact card will include helpful links will be easy for you to save in your contacts for future use. Then, going forward, you may text as a straight communication option for your Purdue Extension needs!


Adult Volunteer Enrollment for the new program year


Thank you to each and every Extension/4-H volunteer for all you do! Here is to a great new year.


All adult volunteers must re-enroll to obtain volunteer certification for 2023-2024 programming season at  Please complete your re-enrollment this month.

On the home page choose:


Purdue Extension/Indiana 4-H

Enroll Now


Follow the questions, answer & confirm/choose/next to move forward as options appear.  At the end, please submit your enrollment and complete the 3 training modules.  Your request for enrollment review cannot be completed until training is completed.


If you have any questions, please call or email



Come spend a day filled with activities and speakers all about drones. 

For:  Youth in Grades 3 – 12

Where: Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds

When: Saturday, October 28, 2023, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST.

Limited participant spots, register early!

Register: Enroll in 4-H and then sign up for this program on 4-H online at



Sunday, November 5, 2023

Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Building



Sunday, November 5, 2023 12 noon EST to 12:30 pm EST

Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Building


2024 martin county 4-h fair 

July 11-16, 2024


What Makes 4-H Different from other Youth Serving Organizations?

4-H is a part of the community. A club becomes involved with improving economic and social conditions where the members live. They learn how to be good citizens by taking community responsibility.


4-H is “learning by doing.” It’s an action program. Participants watch others, they study, they experiment, but they “do and practice” themselves. People remember 20 percent of what they are told, 30 percent of what they see, 50 percent of what they hear, 70 percent of what they say, and 90 percent of what they do and think. 4-H offers much DOING AND THINKING!


4-H is Inclusive. Youth of all races, places of residence, socioeconomic situations, and educational backgrounds are welcome. Youth may become 4-H members when they enter the third grade. They may continue membership until they complete the 12th grade. Maximum 4-H membership is 10 years. It is the policy of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service that all persons have equal opportunity and access to its educational programs, services, activities, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran. Purdue University is an Affirmative Action institution. This material may be available in alternative formats.


4-H is real life experience. It is learning how to do jobs and how to make decisions similar to those that are important in adult life.


4-H can be a family affair. There is a place for all family members if they want to participate. Sometimes you can reach and teach others: friends, parents, brothers, and sisters through the 4-H members.


4-H is adaptable. Programs can and should be “tailored” to fit any individual, any home, or any community. You can help your club adapt the program so that everyone gains from the experience.


4-H is decision making. Learning to stand on one’s own feet and learning to work with a group are important. Early practice in making both personal and group decisions builds for the future. You help members find possible answers. You encourage them to explore and decide which path they will follow.


4-H provides for ownership. Making, buying, and selling are included. Each project “belongs” to the member.


4-H is based on science and fact. The resources of Purdue University, our Indiana land-grant college, are used consistently in developing and implementing projects and activities.


WHAT ARE THE 4-H Delivery Methods?

Youth can participate in 4-H in a variety of ways, below is a list of ways. 


Organized 4-H Community Club - Club members meet as a group on a regular schedule under the direction of an approved adult volunteer with a planned program. Clubs typically have elected youth officers and a set of rules approved by membership to govern the club, or for very young groups, other developmentally appropriate structures and operating processes. Community clubs typically meet in the evenings or on weekends and offer self-chosen, multiple learning experiences and activities.


Organized 4-H Afterschool Club - Club members meet as a group on a regular schedule under the direction of an approved adult volunteer with a planned program. 4-H after-school clubs are organized within after-school programs administered by cooperative Extension staff or other organizations (i.e. other youth development organizations, housing authorities, faith-based groups). They meet the above definition of a 4-H Club, and the young people and adult staff identify themselves as 4-H members and volunteers. They may have officers and elements of a club structure.


Special Interest or Short-Term Program - Special interest and short-term programs include groups of youth meeting for a special learning experience that involves direct teaching by Extension staff or trained volunteers, including teachers.


4-H SPARK Clubs – provide six hours of instruction on a specific topic of interest to the youth and adult volunteers. SPARK club audiences are typically new to the 4-H program. The SPARK club topic is designed to “spark” an interest in further 4-H participation.


Overnight Experience - Youth taking part in an Extension-planned educational experience that takes place over multiple days away from home.


Day Camping Program - Day camps consist of multiple-day programs with youth returning home each evening.


School Enrichment - School-aged youth receive a well-planned sequence of learning experiences during regular school hours.


4-H Projects:  A 4-H project is one of the areas where learning-by-doing takes place. As members gain experience, the scope of their projects may be increased and/or they may choose to take on additional projects.


Characteristics of a 4-H Project include:

  • Planned work in a subject area of interest to the 4-H members.
  • Guided by a volunteer, or other caring adult.
  • Aimed at planned objectives that can be attained and measured.
  • Summarized by some form of record keeping.


4-H Activities Presentations - opportunities for youth to organize their thoughts and present them to their peers and adults.


Workshops – planned educational program on a specific topic.


Showmanship – youth demonstrate their knowledge about a specific subject or project area, typically in the areas of livestock.


Record Keeping – written document outlining the knowledge that the member has gained in the 4-H experience, including the financial revenue and expenses.


Community Service – opportunities for 4-H members to give back to their communities individually or as a group.


Career Development Events – individuals or teams compete to evaluate specific subject matter areas Fair Exhibits – youth display a product that demonstrates the knowledge they have gained during their 4-H experience. 


Multi-county, State and National – wide variety of 4-H opportunities that are available for youth beyond the county borders at the area, state, and national levels. Some of these include camps, workshops, conferences, etc.


4-H Recognition Scholarships and awards – recognition given to 4-H members for their accomplishments during their 4-H tenure


Judging may be through the Danish system or placing. In the Danish system, individual entries are classified as Blue (top), Red (average), or White (below average) based on criteria established for the category. The Placing system is where individual entries are ranked from top to bottom as compared to all other entries in the category


Conference/open/interview judging – youth are present while the adult judges or evaluates their entries. Youth will typically be asked by the judge to explain how the entry was completed and what was learned during the process.



Applications will be accepted for the 2024 Junior & Senior Boiler Vet Camp until February 1st, 2024. 


The Junior Camp will run from June 2-8 and Senior Camp will run from June 9-15.


The only camp of its kind in Indiana, Boiler Vet Camp gives want-to-be veterinarians or veterinary nurses the chance to live out their dreams. This camp is designed for students who are interested in becoming veterinary healthcare professionals and provides a preview into the real and vast fields of veterinary medicine. Students who attended a previous camp cannot repeat the same camp.


Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits and in-depth, hands-on activities, students will discover what modern veterinary medicine is all about. Students will gain personal experience of what it is like to attend vet school and what it takes to become a veterinarian or veterinary nurse through this seven day on-campus experience at one of the premier veterinary schools in the country. Students entering 8th and 9th grades are eligible to attend Junior Camp and students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades are eligible to attend the Senior Camp. The minimum age required to attend Vet Camp is 12 years of age.


Many partnering organizations have joined with the College of Veterinary Medicine to provide financial assistance for both camps. Partial scholarships are available. Camp fees are all-inclusive for the hands-on in-residence camps.


Learn more and apply now at



Monday, November 6, 2023 10 am – 12 Noon EST

Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Building

     Topic: Anhydrous Ammonia, Regulatory Update

Lunch served

Contact: Dena Held 812-295-2412, texting 812-653-2089, or e-mailing 



Monday, November 6, 2023 5 pm – 8:30 pm EST

5667 N 900 East, Montgomery, IN

Topics: Herbicide resistance, Pollinator exposure

Dinner served 

Contact: Sarah Brackney 812-254-8668



Monday, November 13, 2023 10 am – 12 pm EST

Knox County Fairgrounds, Bicknell, IN

Topic: Fungicide, Regulatory Update

Contact: Valerie Clingerman 812-882-3509



     Monday, November 13, 2023 6 pm – 8 pm EST

Hornady Park, Petersburg, IN

Topic: Fungicide, Regulatory Update

Dinner served

Contact: Valerie Clingerman 812-882-3509



You can’t take care of your farm, your livestock or your family if you don’t first take care of yourself.


The Purdue Farm Stress team is part of a 12-state collaborative effort that was awarded the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant administered by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  The goal is to create/expand stress management and mental health resources and services to agricultural producers/stakeholders in the North Central region.  Listen to the podcast!  Tools For Today’s Farmer.   Featuring interviews with leaders in the agriculture industry.  Find it anywhere you listen to podcasts or simply google search “Tools for Today’s Farmer Podcast.” 


Resources for Farm Families:

Need help and don’t know where to start:

Call:  211 OR

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Call: 988 OR

Be Well Indiana

Call: 211 OR 1-866-211-9966 OR https//


Concern Line for Farmers (Hosted by Iowa)

Call:  1-800-477-1985

Farm Aide Hotline

Call:  1-800-327-6243

Strong Couples Project (Partnership with IL)



Check the website for more resources and information:



 The Farmer Veteran Coalition is hosting three online QPR Suicide Prevention Trainings for anyone who is, works with or knows a farmer veteran or farmers or veterans.

The QPR training is a very accessible way to receive an introduction to suicide prevention.

Together we can help prevent suicide.  FREE Question, Persuade and Refer Suicide Prevention Training Opportunities: 

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life


Length of training one hour and 30 minutes. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.



You’re Invited! Make plans to attend the Fall Seminar “Once Upon A Garden” hosted by the Gibson County Master Gardener Association with 4 Guest Speakers plus several vendor booths.

Join us October 21st, 2023 at the Toyota Event Center in Princeton, Indiana.

Doors open at 8 am Central Time, Seminar starts at 9 am.

Register online at



February 28, 2024

Beck Agricultural Center, West Lafayette,  IN

The Indiana Organic Grain Farmer meeting increases participant understanding of organic transition, certification and cropping systems through peer learning and networking.  This annual event includes education and workshops on transitioning to organic grain, breakout sessions, farmer panels, networking time and an industry trade show.

For more information contact:  Ashley Adair - Extension Organic Agriculture Specialist  Email:


2024 Indiana Small Farm Conference

WHEN:  Thursday, February 29, 2024 – March 1, 2024

WHERE:  Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville,  Indiana

The Indiana Small Farm Conference is a unique space to learn new techniques, see what works, and network with others.  Over 400 attendees, 40 + exhibitors and a vendor trade show along with several national speakers.

To learn more about the conference and the work that the Purdue team does to make your small farming program work.  Contact Information: Amy Thompson,

If you are interested in being a show vendor, contact:  Phil Cox at




The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is seeking applicants for a new soil sampling program. The program called, Indiana’s Mississippi River Basin Soil Sampling program, is free to applicants. This seeks to encourage famers to include soil sampling in their plans for nutrient management.

This program will provide soil sampling and analysis at no cost to the producer along with lab recommendations for nutrient applications based on yield goals and soil test results.

Producers will work with ISDA staff to coordinate soil sampling and to provide the best available information for the most accurate recommendations. Soil sampling will take place prior to fertilizer application.

Samples will be submitted to contracted labs for routine soil fertility testing.

This program includes row crop fields, pastures, and specialty crops located within Indiana’s portion of the Mississippi River Basin.

Participating growers will be prioritized by:

  • Fields that have never been sampled before, or
  • Fields that haven’t been sampled regularly (i.e., not sampled within the last 3-4 years), and
  • New program enrollments.

Further prioritization may be implemented based on interest in the program.

Producers can register via the online form, by reaching out to their Resource Specialist, by reaching out to the Program Manager at or 317-605-0701.




The IBCA area meetings are open to all beef producers and feature great food, valuable information on beef issues, policies, programs, and fellowship. There will also be updates on current news& events from Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Indiana Beef Council, Indiana State Board of Animal Health, National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Purdue University Ext * Indicates an election to be held for Area Director.

If you want an opportunity to be more involved in the beef industry within Indiana, we encourage you to run for an Area Director position! If you would like more information of what the role entails, please Contact Brian Shuter or call our office! (317)293-2333

Please check the schedule for your area and mark your calendar now!


Area 1: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm; South East Purdue Ag Center (SEPAC), Butlerville

RSVP to Jennings County Extension office at 812-352-3033 by 11/30/23.

Current IBCA Director: Vacant


Area 2: Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Noon; Pewter Hall, Brownstown

RSVP to the Lawrence County Extension Office at 812-275-4623 by 12/1/23.

Current IBCA Director: Steve Ritter


Area 3: Wednesday, December 13,  2023 at 7:00 pm. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT; The Village Inn, Petersburg

RSVP to the Gibson County Extension office at 812-385-3491 by 12/6/23.

Current IBCA Director: Mick Douglas


Area 5: Monday, December 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm; Harmony Community Center, Brazil

RSVP to Owen County Extension office at 812-829-5020 by 12/4/23.

Current IBCA Director: J.D. Faulk


Area 6: Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 6:30 pm;

Elanco Animal Health, Greenfield

RSVP to Hancock County Extension office at 317-462-1113 by 12/4/23.

Current IBCA Director: Deryl Hunt


Area 7: Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 6:30 pm; Willie & Red’s Buffet, Hagerstown

RSVP to the Madison Co. Extension Office at 765-641-9514 by 12/7/23.

Current IBCA Director: Dan Chesnut


Area 8: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 6pm; The Peoples Winery, Logansport

RSVP to the Cass Co. Extension Office at 574-753-7750 by 12/11/23.

Current IBCA Director: David Helms


Area 9: Monday, December 11, 2023 at 6:00 pm.; McGraw’s Steakhouse, West Lafayette

RSVP to at the Fountain County Extension office at 765-793-2297 by 12/4/23.

Current IBCA Director: Dr. Dave Dixon


Area 10: Tuesday December 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 pm CT; Christo’s Banquet Center, Plymouth

RSVP to Kosciusko Co. Extension at 574-372-2340 by 12/5/2023.

Current IBCA Director: Bob Dragani


Area 11: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm.; Whitley Co. Ag Museum, Columbia City

RSVP to the Whitley County Extension office at 260-244-7615 by 12/6/23.

Current IBCA Director: Jacob Pettigrew



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By Ben McCallister  

When I was a kid, if you’d asked me what my favorite season was it would always immediately be summer. No school, time for playing outdoors, swimming, hiking, and late nights playing flashlight tag. Now, if I ranked the seasons from worst to best, they’d be Summer in last, followed by Winter (yes, I choose winter over summer), and a tie between Spring and Fall.  With the best temperatures, a mix of sun and rain/snow, and an explosion of colors from new blooms in the spring to the reds, yellows, and oranges of leaves before they drop in the fall, Spring and Fall are by far my favorite times of the year.  Well, we are nearly to the autumnal equinox with temperatures beginning to drop and the onset of some fall showers as I write this article. With Fall on the doorstep, I’ve received a repeated question recently, “Is it ok to plant a tree in the Fall?”

The short answer to this question is, “Yes!” If you want to add some new tree canopy to your yard, then pick your spot, choose the appropriate species, call #811 before you dig, and get that shovel out. Fall has some excellent reasons to plant trees, two of which I’ve already mentioned, cooler temps and autumn rains. While Autumn tends to be the driest time of the growing season, evapotranspiration rates are generally lower than during the summer season. These conditions reduce heat and water stress on trees (but are not an excuse to not mulch and water your new tree). Another good reason to plant in the fall as opposed to Spring is that instead of amping up for growing, trees are powering down and putting resources into root growth and storage. This means better establishment for the root system and a head start on protection for next year’s summer heat and drought.

There are some points to take into consideration, though. Again, make sure to properly water and mulch your new trees. They need an average of 5 gallons a week per inch of stem diameter if weekly rain isn’t providing around 1” of water. Be aware of when the first freeze is expected. You want to make sure your new trees have at least 6 weeks in the ground before the first freeze/frost and can stop watering after the first freeze. Also, for tree selection/protection, avoid broad leafed evergreen trees as they can be damaged by cold desiccation and wrap the trunks of your new trees to protect them from sunscald and animal damage like rubbing from bucks during the rut.

If you keep these points in mind and continue caring for your tree for the next 2-5 years you should have a successful planting. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at or you can find an ISA Certified Arborist at the following link Find an Arborist.

To view this full article and other Purdue Landscape Report articles, please visit Purdue Landscape Report.



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By Dani (Boram) Robinson


Dani (Boram) Robinson says she is a lifetime member of Hamilton County 4-H.


A native of Noblesville and a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School, Dani started out as a 4-H club member, participating in the Junior Leaders, Public Speaking, and Demonstration projects.  These projects led her to her areas of study at Purdue University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Sales and Marketing.


“I started as a Fashion Revue volunteer as soon as I completed my ten years.  I became a (4-H Club) leader and then served on 4-H Council while my kids were in 4-H.  I continued volunteering with the Sheep project and helped with Consumer Clothing and Fashion Revue.  I’ve recently returned to serving on the 4-H Council,” said Robinson.


Robinson is self-employed as a Real Estate Agent and says that her profession requires a sense of service that she developed through 4-H.


“Selling houses is so much more than a house.  Firstly, I am a communicator.  The skills I gained through Junior Leaders, Public Speaking and Demonstration helped me learn how to present and communicate ideas to the public and to my clients.   Secondly, I am a problem solver.  With every project I took in 4-H you had a "problem" or a "project."  Learning how to properly execute the project and solve the problem is essential to what I do every day.  Finally, I am a servant.  4-H taught me how to serve with a grateful heart, not because I would get something but because it is the right thing to do.  Serving my clients, helping them reach their real estate goals in an effective process in which they are fully engaged with me in is a great pleasure,” said Robinson.


Robinson and her family also sponsor the prestigious Bret Boram award each year in honor of her brother, the late Bret Boram.  This award highlights a 4-H’er who exhibits those exemplary qualities of 4-H that she embraces – citizenship and a sense of service and community.


She also prizes the educational aspect and life lessons that are the foundation of the 4-H program and the impact those lessons had on her and on her children.


 “My husband did not participate in 4-H as a child and initially he did not understand why it was so important to me.  But he saw how our children learned how to present their projects and themselves, the value of being responsible, the lessons learned, the tears of frustration and jubilation, and the fact that they became people that care about their community and want to serve,” said Robinson.   


 “This program is more than just the name ‘4-H.’  It is the people.  The people who were my leaders, the ones that were there teaching me how to run a meeting, show up and be on time.  It is the people who were there helping make sure each and every child learned something and had fun doing it.   Then when my kids came through 4-H there were people helping them learn and do like I did.  It is a community, one that I am honored to be a part of,” said Robinson.


Robinson resides in Noblesville with her husband Patrick.  Her two grown children and their families are also Hamilton County residents who volunteer with Hamilton County 4-H.







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